While Democrat activists have been busy trying to figure out a way to tie up tickets for the Trump Save America rally on July 9 at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Alaska Airlines Center, it’s not working.
On Twitter, Trump detractors have been sharing ideas for how to reserve tickets they don’t plan to use. The effort has fallen flat, because the free tickets to the Trump rally do not actually reserve a seat — they are first-come, first-served. The line for the July 9 rally opens at 6 am. The free ticket signup is mainly to help organizers of the event — the Trump organization — understand how many people to expect.
In 2020, the now-disgraced Lincoln Project engaged in an effort to suppress attendance at a Trump rally when one of the project’s leaders helped his daughter run a social media stealth campaign to get young liberals across the country to tie up all the free tickets to a Tulsa, Oklahoma rally.
The ploy went viral across the country and sucked up thousands of tickets, making it look like more than a million people had requested tickets to the Tulsa rally, which then suppressed attendance, since people who wanted to go realized they would never get into the venue. The media then reported that the turnout was disappointing to the Trump campaign, and that became the narrative that led the news cycle.
That won’t work this time. The Alaska Airlines Arena on the campus of UAA holds 5,000. Only those with purchased tickets are guaranteed a seat, and those tickets are limited. Those who show up and stand in line are not guaranteed to get in.
“If people want to skip the line and buy a guaranteed seat, they can contact the campaign at [email protected] and we will send them a link,” the Kelly for Alaska campaign said.
A political action committee for Sarah Palin for House and Kelly Tshibaka for Senate also announced a special event planned for before the rally to raise money for the two as they seek offices in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. The “Alaska First Fund” is a subfund of the Save America Leadership PAC affiliated with Trump.
Since forming, the Save America PAC has received $124.4 million in contributions and still has significant reserves.